Pfeiff brings boots-on-the-ground experience to DNA department

Posted October 8, 2013

Halla Pfeiff of Briggsdale, Colo., recently joined the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) as the special projects coordinator, and will focus her attention on RAAA’s DNA department submissions and other special projects for the Association.
Pfeiff boasts both a seedstock and commercial cattle industry background. She grew up working for a 200-head registered and commercial Angus ranch as well as her family’s own operation. Pfeiff earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft. Collins, Colo.
During her time at CSU, Pfeiff held several internships including a data-intensive internship with Leachman Cattle of Colorado. Another hands-on internship with Heartland Cattle Co., McCook, Neb., is also included in her experiences.
“Halla greeted her new role on the RAAA staff with open arms and has been enthusiastic to learn responsibilities as quickly as possible,” said Kenda Ponder, RAAA database and registration consultant. “Her commitment to assist stakeholders shows in her eagerness to learn and be knowledgeable about the evolving world of DNA technology.  She will have other responsibilities with special projects outside of the DNA in-house process.  Her background and education will be more than advantageous for the continued success of the RAAA and its stakeholders,” Ponder said.
Pfeiff’s initial duties include assisting Red Angus stakeholders with the submission of DNA. She will be the direct contact between the members and the DNA lab. She is also adept in the reporting of DNA results. Halla will be the go-to staff person if a member has a question on completing the DNA order form and what rules and regulations pertain to DNA testing.
In the future, her duties will expand to assisting with carcass data collection projects and other research endeavors.
Pfeiff said, “I am excited to be apart of an association that cares so deeply about its members, and their success in the industry. I look forward to being apart of the continuous growth of the Red Angus breed.”
Pfeiff also added that working in the DNA department has allowed her to visualize how much growth can be made within the cattle industry pertaining to DNA technology, and is eager to assist members as they continue to move forward with DNA testing.


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